Syndicate producing fake qualifications busted

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested three individuals involved in a syndicate producing fake academic scrolls.

It was learnt that the fake diplomas, degrees and Master’s degree were issued using the names of private institutions in the country.

A source familiar with the investigation said the syndicate charged between RM2,000 and RM16,000 depending on the type of qualification and institution.

The three syndicate members aged 30 to 34 were arrested in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur at 4pm Sunday (April 15) in an MACC operation.

One of the three is an Indian national.

“The trio arrested are the middlemen that handled the purchasing process of the fake certificates. The investigating team are now identifying the individuals responsible in producing the fake certificates,” the source said.

The source added that investigators were also determining whether the staff of the tertiary institutions were involved.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operation) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the arrest, adding that his officers were still tracking several other individuals.

The suspects will be remanded at the Putrajaya court on Monday (April 16).